Sound — 5
For an established band who promised that they were "bringing the funk back" this album strikes me as sounding unfinished and overly reliant on synths considering the Chili Peppers raw funk-rock background. Frusciante is welcome to distort his guitar sound beyond human recognition on the 10 albums he releases per year but he should keep his effects box away from the studio when working with the Chilis. It sounds as if Flea, a formerly prominent figure within the group's sound has been banished almost entirely. Dani California was a fantastic track that actually made sense serving merely to get our hopes up before this disappointing double-disc album ruined the concept. The only other song that I think truly works on this album is She's Only 18, and even then it sounds quite weak and lacking in usual Chili Pepper passion.
Lyrics — 4
I have always had time for Anthony Kiedis' lyrical games in the past though they are sometimes questionable. This time however, he has really crossed the line between sensible and complete nonsense. He was better off ON drugs and addicted to sex, lyrically at least. Most of these songs make little or no sense. While this style is acceptable in some artists, it most certainly is not living up to the quality that this group have offered in the past.
Overall Impression — 5
This album has nothing on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, or in fact any of their previous releases. Some claim that the fact that there are 2 discs indicates a wealth of creative power, when in fact all it displays is a blatant weakness in not being able to work out which songs to work on harder. My recommendation at the time would have been to cut out the crap ones and put more effort into the songs with promise so that they don't sound so incomplete and out of place with each other. I would expect this of a group releasing their second album and therefore in need of experimentation, not of a well established group such as the Chilis.